Program Management and Implementation Consultant (PMISC), Small Irrigation Programme, Phase – I

Project Info

  • Category

    Irrigation

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Client: Department of Local Infrastructure Development & Agricultural Roads/SDC
Funding Agency: Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC)
Period: March, 2015 to March, 2019
Consulting Association: JV of GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd, Total Management Services Pvt Ltd & Aviyaan Approx. Value of Services: Total- CHR 936,440, GEOCE’s part-CHR 374,576
Professional Staff Input: International (5) and National (1188) person months

Salient Details

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Program management and implementation of Small Irrigation Program to develop or improve approximately 15,000 ha command area in about 1,800 small irrigation systems in nine districts (Achham, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Khotang, Udayapur and Sindhuli) of Nepal through a community managed driven process targeted to poor, women and other disadvantaged groups.

The overall expected impact of the programme is to increase agriculture income of the rural poor. Productivity will be measured through (i) yields of major crops increased by at least 30% in project areas, and (ii) cropping intensity in irrigated areas increased by at least 30%. The programme will also offer optimal ‘backward and forward linkages’ to farmers accessing agricultural support services for extension, agriculture inputs and linkage to agriculture production value chains. This will be done through synergy with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded Nepal Agricultural Services Development Programme (NASDP) and Nepal Agriculture Market Development Programme (NAMDP).

The program will provide support for

  1. Rehabilitation of existing and construction of surface water irrigation schemes,
  2. Construction of water storage irrigation schemes,
  3. Construction of small lift irrigation schemes,
  4. Non-conventional irrigational development,
  5. Institutional strengthening and capacity building of both the executing agency as well as WUAs.
  6. Empowerment of Water User Associations for irrigation system management, and
  7. Improved agricultural practices

The Program cost is CHR 16.946 million.